Showered With Love

A baby shower is a way to celebrate the pending or recent birth of a child by presenting gifts to the mother at a party. The term shower is often assumed to mean that the expectant mother is “showered” with gifts. I have always been fascinated by the different interpretations of this memorable occasion. I read somewhere that after World War II, baby showers became very popular as a way of supporting new parents with the financial burden of having a baby.

Having attended a few baby showers and after seeing pictures through social media, I have always imagined what my baby shower would be like. Bear in mind that the expectant mom is not part of the planning and that her best friend or friends are the ones trusted with the planning and execution.

Nomndeni, my best friend of 15 years has been responsible for planning all my birthday celebrations for the last 5 years. The agreement is pretty simple, I tell her exactly what I want and she will put it together exactly the way I want it.

With my baby shower it was a bit different as she kept a lot of details from me. As much as I trust her, it had me worried at times. I had hinted at a few things, one of them being the fact that I would not be taking part in any baby shower games, that would require of me to eat any disgusting concoctions, or leave me covered in baby powder. I wanted a classy and fun time with the people I love.

With that said, my baby shower was amazing! It was everything I wished for and more …

Join me as I take you through my most memorable MOMents.

The venue and lunch setting was simply royal … fit for a queen. Pregnant women deserve amazing food and the 3-course meal did not disappoint.

I was wearing the most beautiful dress from FabroSanz.

All my close family and friends were present, although some couldn’t make it. I must also mention that my guests were dressed up and looked absolutely beautiful.

We sat around the table and everyone shared their special MOMents. We chatted about pregnancy myths and some of the most ridiculous advice they had ever received about pregnancy. This had us all in stitches.

My baby is due in July so a calendar for July was passed around and everyone had to guess the due date. Nobody guessed it correctly; the actual date will only be revealed to the guests when our little girl is born.

I loved the cake so much that I did not want to cut it.  There were two baby grows and everyone wrote a special message on them for the baby. I was instructed that the baby had to wear these.

All the gifts I was showered with were thoughtful and useful. I felt so spoilt.

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And to end it all, when Baby’s daddy popped in to say hi to the ladies, he walked in carrying the most adorable Melissa and Dough Giraffe, with a big pink satin bow tied around her neck.

I would like to thank Nomndeni, my Superman, friends and family for making sure that I had the most memorable baby shower. I felt loved and it’s a day I will never forget.

Pictures by Andile Mthembu Photography

What do you think should be the main reason for having a Baby Shower? Please share your thoughts on the topic in the comments below.

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    chengetai June 27, 2015 @ 12:20 am

    Seeing AKA as a devoted, willing and attentive baby daddy warms my heart in totality. :). I pray young men take notes and learn from not only his bars on bars but the way he gracefully took to the role of being a father, a daddy and a man to his little girl and his woman. I’m amongst the blessed young women who have a young and devoted superman. I thank God every day. Enjoy it Zinhle. The excitement of bringing your little bundle home is priceless and may your union with her dada be blessed with longevity and happiness. I love you ma’am.

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    Ntsoaki June 27, 2015 @ 5:59 am

    What a gorgeous baby shower wishing you and your little family the greatest love. You inspire me so much

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    Fathima June 29, 2015 @ 6:09 pm

    Hi Zinhle 🙂 Fathima here (Aunty Moonira from the bakery’s daughter). its been amazing to see you grow not only as one of the country’s top DJs but as a person. Wishing you and baby all of the best. can’t wait to meet him/her. Take care. Lotsa love <3

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    Mosa June 30, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

    Hmmm, I think and truly believe a baby shower should be about imparting some wisdom about parenting and children to the mummy to be,albeit in a light hearted manner.And the gifts of course.especially with a new parent, there is so much to buy that its not easy for a mother to know all the things that she’s supposed to buy for a new baby.The prezzies help in easing some financial burden too on the mummy to be who has tons and tons of stuff to buy.

    Overall i think it’s about sharing the love and excitement of the upcoming baby with the expectant mother.Congratulations gal.

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    Carol Khumalo July 6, 2015 @ 5:34 pm

    Being a mother to be is the most precious experience in a woman’s life and it should be celebrated.. I’m loving the elegant detail captured with every moment shared.
    Being a July baby myself.. I wish Zinhle all the best with her baby.. The best is yet to come.. July babies are rockstars..

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